Services

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2019

    23 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of May, we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: the Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totalled 7,000. 

    30 May 1942: The '1000 Bomber Raid'
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the '1000 Bomber' raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations. 

    14 May 1943: sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur
    The Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk off the coast of Queensland in one of the most controversial incidents of the Second World War. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross, a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of the 12 nurses, and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war. 

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation, or at the hands of their guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese, and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death Marches were alive. 

  • Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council 2019

    26 May 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
     

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    This day includes a march up the Shrine Forecourt and a wreath laying service in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the Battle of Crete in May 1941.

  • Boer War Commemoration 2019

    26 May 2019, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    To pay tribute to all Boer War veterans that fought in our First War as a Nation 1899-1902. A commemoration service will commence with a march up to the Eternal Flame by Boer War veterans' descendants, followed by a band, Creswick Light Horse, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. All Boer War descendant family members and anyone that has an interest are most welcome. 

  • American Ex-Servicemen Association 2019

    26 May 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The American Ex-Servicemen Association service takes place on the nearest Sunday to Memorial Day, an American holiday to remember those who have died in military service. The Association promotes the welfare of American ex-servicemen and women in Australia.

  • Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service 2019

    31 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Trustee Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD

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    The Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service commemorates Aboriginal service and sacrifice in the Australian Forces in every major conflict from the Boer War to the present.

  • RAN Recruits June 2019

    2 June 2019, 10:00am

     Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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